Drip Irrigation - Low Flow
When you’ve been a contractor
long enough, it may seem like
you’ve seen it all. However,
sometimes just when you start
to feel this way is when you
find yourself presented with a
truly challenging project.
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about landscaping at all. Instead, most of the mistakes they mentioned had to do with human relations.
In some respects, advertising is one way
large companies stay ahead of their smaller competitors. It takes
serious resources to build an effective advertising
campaign. That scares a lot of small companies away. But, serious
doesn't necessarily mean expensive. It can also mean smart, creative,
responsive, and caring. Call it a replay of David and
When John Jenkins signed on as an accountant in the Des Moines factory of Deere & Company, he probably never dreamed he would one day become president of a major division of a public company.
Think your customers are satisfied? They very well may be. Unfortunately, customer satisfaction doesn’t always lead to customer loyalty. These days, even if your customers are completely satisfied with your product or service, 40% of them will leave you and start doing business with your competition.
Servicing lawn irrigation systems can
be a very profitable item to offer your
customers. It’s easy to become overly
focused on installations as a
source of income, but servicing is a
profit center that should not be overlooked.
You’ve probably heard it
said that entrepreneurs are
“married to their work.”
It’s true. Running a company
requires amazing quantities
of time, energy, and
devotion. But there is one
big difference: while matrimony
is all about maintaining
a healthy relationship
with another person, being
married to a business is all
about maintaining healthy
(and profitable!) relationships
with several groups
ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON
Dohren, owner of San Jose, California-
based Landmark Landscapes,
had a successful woodworking
business. Then he saw an
opportunity in the landscaping
business and decided to change
In the face of economic stress, people react in different ways. Some hunker down, count their dollars, and do everything they can to hold onto what they have. Others do more; they look for opportunities.